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March 2nd

N-C’s Jervasse Moss selected to East-West game

March 3, 2012

Newton-Conover senior running back Jervasse Moss was tabbed Friday to play in the 64th annual North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star football game.

Moss will play for the West as one of 32 high school football players on the squad.

“I think this is a good opportunity to get ready and prepared for college,” Moss said. “It’s very special because I didn’t get to play many games this season. God just blessed me with another game to play in high school football against the best players. We’ll see what happens when I get down there.”

PREP NOTEBOOK: Saint tops Maiden on diamond

March 3, 2012

Behind a one-hit performance on the mound from Ben Watson, St. Stephens defeated Maiden on the baseball diamond, 7-0 — the second win by the Indians against the Blue Devils.

St. Stephens scored six runs in the sixth inning, and were led offensively by Luke Barton, who went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles.

The Indians' Logan Gray was 2-for-3 with a double, while Ky'rawn Whitfield went 2-for-3, as well.

Aaron Rudisill delivered the lone Maiden hit, while Adam Houston suffered the loss on the mound for the Blue Devils.

No. 4 Duke, No. 6 UNC ready for rematch

March 3, 2012

DURHAM — Austin Rivers punctuated his first North Carolina-Duke game with one of the biggest shots in the rivalry's history.

For an encore, the freshman wants to bring his fourth-ranked Blue Devils another ACC regular-season title.

The No. 1 seed in the conference tournament — and maybe one in the NCAA tournament, too — once again is on the line Saturday night when Duke (26-4, 13-2) faces the sixth-ranked Tar Heels (26-4, 13-2) in a matchup of Atlantic Coast Conference co-leaders.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

March 2, 2012

Marilyn Joyce Ballard Baker, 67, of Conover, formerly of Lincolnton, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at Carolinas Medical Center in Lincolnton, after a long period of declining health.  The Baker family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation in Conover.

Patricia Ann Cline McAlister, 76, of East Maiden Road, Maiden, died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley in Newton. Burke Mortuary in Maiden is serving the McAlister Family.

Seuss celebration

March 2, 2012

On Read Across America Day on Friday, these cats in hats came out to play at Thornton Elementary School.

Pictured include, from left, Thornton data manager Dawn West, Principal Tammy Brown, and teacher's assistant Sandra Kimsey.

The O-N-E wins NCPA awards

March 2, 2012

The Observer News Enterprise received four awards in the North Carolina Press Association's annual editorial competition.

Among awards officially announced by the NCPA on Thursday was a first-place award for news features for The O-N-E writer Nash Dunn's two-part examination of homelessness in Catawba County, "Voices unheard." The series published in August 2011.

Ex-PTO treasurer sentenced to probation

March 2, 2012

A former PTO treasurer for Webb A. Murray Elementary School was convicted of obtaining property by false pretense and placed on probation for three years.

Holly Lafone Specht, 31, was originally indicted in April 2010 on three charges related to her stealing money from the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) while serving as the group’s treasurer during the 2008-09 school year.

On Thursday, a jury found Specht guilty of one count of obtaining property by false pretense, agreeing that she had used PTO funds to purchase goods at a local retail store.

Conover teen arrested after break-ins

March 2, 2012

Police arrested a Conover man on Thursday in connection to a string of car break-ins near the Brandywine community.


David Enoch McClellon, 18, of 412 Rock Barn Road in Conover, is charged with felonious breaking or entering a motor vehicle, breaking or entering a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny after being tied to multiple motor vehicle break-ins on Brandywine Drive.

McClellon broke into two vehicles on Wednesday before being arrested, including a 2011 Toyota Corolla belonging to William Auburn Clark, according to Conover police reports.

Thieves snatch woman’s dog

March 2, 2012

Police are searching for suspects who snatched a woman’s dog in Maiden this week.

The unknown suspects stole a female Labrador mix belonging to Emily G. Coleman, of 1771 Fieldbrook Court in Newton, on Sunday, Feb. 26, according to a Catawba County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

The dog was valued at $100, according to the report.

The thieves also stole an E-Z-GO golf cart valued at $500.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said the dog theft was a spontaneous event and did not know of any other similar incidents.

Other Catawba County incidents

March 1

N.C. Coast Guardsman's body found

March 2, 2012

U.S. Coast Guard officials said they recovered the body of a North Carolina man who went missing after a helicopter crash earlier this week in Mobile Bay in Alabama.

Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, a Snow Hill native, was one of four crew members inside an MH-65C helicopter that crashed on a training mission Tuesday evening near Point Clear in Mobile Bay.

Taylor’s wife, Teresa, is a 1994 Bunker Hill High School graduate and has family in Catawba County. The couple has two young sons.

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